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First Long Span Roof Truss Installed At New Arena
May 2, 2017
The first half of the first long span steel truss is raised to be set at the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center.
The trusses are assembled in the arena bowl and then hoisted into position.
Mortenson and J.P. Cullen supervised the lift.
The truss weighs 23.5 tons and is 100 feet long and 35 feet tall.
This is the first of seven long span trusses, and two short span trusses, that will comprise the roof of the new arena.
The steel arrived at the Port of Milwaukee in November of 2016.
It was then transported to Merrill Iron and Steel in Shofield, WI to be treated and then sent back to the arena site.
The truss is fastened to the arena via a "bolted connection" to secure it into place.
The trusses allow support for the roof without any vertical columns to impair views.
The second part of the first truss will be installed tomorrow.
All of the trusses will be installed by the fall.
Denver Callahan, Mortenson's Senior Superintendent, takes in today's lift.
Marc Farha of ICON and Denver Callahan chat during the lift.
Workers prepare a second 85 foot truss for installation.
J.P. Cullen of Janesville, WI managed the lift.
J.P. Cullen works prepare to put the second in the air.
Bucks President Peter Feigin said the project is moving "on time and on budget."
The secondary truss raises above the second portion of the roof truss to be installed tomorrow.
"This is going to be one of the key destinations in the country for concerts, this is going to be a great family show arena, it's going to have a lot of flexibility." - Bucks President Peter Feigin
Workers guide the secondary truss into place.
The secondary truss is moved into position.
It's a coordinated effort from the ground, to the cranes to the lift.
Workers and members of the media take in the lift.
The secondary truss is set.
Bucks President Peter Feigin on the milestone, "I’s surreal. The size, the enormity of the building. This is pretty incredible.”
The secondary trusses will provide a cross-bar connection that give the structure rigidity.
Both lifts took a combined 25 minutes.
"Make no mistake, this will be the best place in the world to watch a basketball game." - Bucks President Peter Feigin
Bucks President Peter Feigin talks with the media.
A second lift is planned for Wednesday, May 3rd.